Myanmar Disaster Response Team Training Course No 1/2021 opened

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The opening ceremony of Myanmar Disaster Response Team Training Course No 1/2021 was held yesterday morning at Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw.
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Thet Thet Khine addressed the opening speech during the ceremony.
The Union minister said that due to the outbreak of COVID-19 disease, many discussions were held with the responsible persons for the training.
“In-person training is more effective than online training because of participation. Due to the declining rate of the pandemic, the training is open in person in accordance with the COVID-19 rules, issued by the Ministry of Health,” the Union minister said.
“This training is provided by the Department of Disaster Management. The first phase of the three-phase project of the Human Resource Development Project for Humanitarian Assistance for Myanmar is being coordinated by the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Coordinating Office for Humanitarian Assistance for Disaster Management (AHA Center).
The formation and training of Myanmar Disaster Response Team is the most important of the three steps to be taken.
Disasters are difficult to predict when and where they occur, so the government and the private sector need to work together to strengthen and sustain disaster risk reduction,” the Union minister added.
The Union minister said that the training was intended to be implemented in other ASEAN countries as a model, so it was necessary for all to make efforts in their respective roles.
Then, Deputy Minister U Aung Tun Khaing explained that the curriculum to be taught in this course is based on the ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) which is teaching at the ASEAN level. Frequent natural disasters plus policies are written in accordance with the procedures.
ASEAN-ERAT has already been formed at the ASEAN level, so efforts are being made to unite the Myanmar Disaster Response Team with local forces, the Deputy minister said.
Then, the Executive Director of AHA Center explained the background and objectives of the training.
A total of 35 participants, including trainees from the Myanmar Red Cross Society and social organizations, are attending the course in person while representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat and the AHA Center join the online course.
The training will run for six days, an official said.—MNA

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